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the speaker pro tempore: on this vote the yeas are 416. the nays are zero.
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2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the joint resolution is passed, and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. the house will be in order. members, please take your conversations off the floor.
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the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to u.s. clause 8 of rule 20, the -- pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, the chair will postpone votes on which a
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recorded vote on which the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. record votes on postponed questions will be taken later. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from colorado seek recognition? ms. markey mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and agree to the resolution, h.res. 1186, expressing support for designation of april as national distracted driving awareness month.
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the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the resolution. the clerk: house resolution 1186, resolution expressing support for designation of april as national distracted driving awareness month. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from colorado, ms. markey, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from colorado, ms. markey. ms. markey: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on h. -- house resolution 1186. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentlelady is recognized. ms. markey: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. markey: mr. speaker, i rise today to raise awareness about a deadly trend in our nation,
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distracted driving. 80% of all crashes involve some sort of distraction, and in 2008 nearly 6,000 people lost their lives in accidents involving a distracted behavior. one of those 6,000 was aircrafta forney of fort collins -- erica forney of fort collins, colorado. she was riding her bike from school and struck by a car whose driver was on a cell phone. the tragic story of erica's death is all too common and worse, her story was preventable. i introduced house resolution 1186 to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. this resolution will designate april as distracted driving awareness month. studies have shown that distracted driving is swrust as dangerous as driving drunk --
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just as dangerous as driving drunk. far too people are aware of the risks of distracted driving. a driver increases a risk of a crash by 2,300% if he or she is texting while driving. i am proud to say that colorado has banned texting while driving. the federal government has also taken a stand against distracted driving. the department of transportation introduced federal guidance to prohibit texting by drivers of commercial vehicles. president obama issued an executive order banning texting while driving on official business for federal employees. last september, secretary lahood held a distracted driving summit and celebrated the establishment of focused driven, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending this epidemic and to providing support for families who have lost loved ones. after hearing the new
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awareness of the danger of distracted driving. during the month of april, i hoped this resolution reminds all drivers of the harmful consequences of distracted driving, and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from illinois -- colorado. sorry.
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ms. markey: i'd like to yield to the gentleman from new york for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. engel: mr. speaker, i thank the gentlelady for yielding to me and i rise in strong support of her resolution, 1186, designating april as national distracted driving awareness month. secretary lahood said that distracted driving is a deadly epidemic. on his report on distracted driving, the national highway traffic safety administration estimated that fully one quarter of traffic accidents involve distracted driving. these crashes resulted in nearly 6,000 fatalities and over half a million injuries. this is why i so strongly support the gentlewoman, ms. markey's, resolution, and why i introduced my own legislation. electronic devices have become part of our daily lives.
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many of us use blackberries, cell phones and pages daily. but it's obvious anyone who uses those devices, that a person becomes distracted while using them. the growing number of people texting or reading emails while driving puts everyone on the road at risk. my legislation, which would provide money for driver education and highway signage, both of which helped reduce the incidence of driving under the influence or driving without a seat belt, according to the studies. it would work with this as well. it will create a national advertising campaign administered by the national highway traffic safety administration to educate the public on the dangers of distracted driving. we know how important it is to end the practice of distracted driving and i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and work toward an end of the epidemic. if we're really going to be
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true to ourselves, it's logical to understand, anyone who drives understands this, if they're distracted using a cell phone or if they're distracted texting, they cannot be at 100% in terms of safety. that's why ms. markey's resolution is so important. that's why i hope that my legislation, as well, gets passed and signed into law. i thank the gentlewoman and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. duncan: thank you, mr. speaker. the half million figure is accurate as far as people know, but that's probably a conservative figure, that's just what police know about. there are probably a great many other accidents and injuries caused by distracted drivers that the police don't recognize. but that is the accepted figure. it's an astounding figure. so i have no other speakers.
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i urge all my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlelady from colorado. ms. markey: i yield to the gentleman from minnesota for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. oberstar: i thank the gentlelady for yielding and i appreciate her personal story, a compelling story of a child in her district, her hometown, very touching for me, mr. speaker, because my youngest daughter lives in fort collins. with her husband and 3-year-old callie jo and monica bikes in the neighborhoods where she lives, fort collins, with a child carrier and i thought of that tragic accident, i thought of monica and i thought of her
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little callie and how it could well have been them. could well have been this 3-year-old child. and it -- the distinguished gentleman from tennessee, former chairman of the aviation committee and chair of the surface subcommittee, the gentleman has been very candid, very touching in the story that he related of his own shocking and deeply troubling experience. that's not to say scary. your life just sort of spins out of control at a certain moment when tragic event of this kind occurs. these are all reminders, very graphic reminders that we're not talking about an abstraction, not talking about some possibility that might happen to someone else, but i don't have to worry. yes, we do. we all have to worry.
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we all can remember a time, i started up here on the hill as a clerk of the subcommittee in rivers and ar harbors we had dial telephones. the idea of a cell phone was something written up in dick tracey, in the cartoon strip of diet smith. but indict smith is with us today. -- but diet smith is with us today. there are 276 million of these devices in our midst. 276 million cell phones, blackberries, smart phone, wireless phone subscribers, six billion text messages sent last year. in the united states. just in the united states alone. it's hard to walk down the street and not count one out of every three people or maybe even more with a cell phone on
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their ear looking at a blackberry in their hand, i've seen people run into telephone poles looking at these things. what happens when they're driving? there are lots of reasons for distraction while driving, eating, drinking, r passengers, songs, looking at a map. i've seen people with the newspaper on their steering wheel driving down. to be sure in congested traffic but they ought to be paying attention to the traffic not the newspaper. worst is the cell phone. it's an extraordinary distraction. and what we know is that 80% of traffic incidents, 2/3 of all the near-misses on the roadways, are due to distracted driving. 6,000 fatalities a year. it's not just in the united states. two years ago, i met with the
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minister, the 27 ministers of the european transportation ministry. we talked about a wide range of issues. i discussed with them what we were planning on surface transportation, our committee, and water resources. but the one thing they all wanted to talk about was distracted driving. it's a serious problem in the 400-plus million -- 500 -- 520 million population of the 27 members of the european union. such that the transport ministry in the european parliament have enacted legislation prohibited use of cell phones and blackberries while driving. in portugal, the minister told me it's a crime. they have made it a crime to use a cell phone while driving.
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it is that serious an issue. that serious a threat to life and limb. so as we discuss this legislation phase, as we voted unanimously in our committee to report this bill out, let us remember 9-year-old erica forney, let us remember mr. duncan and his life-saving experience. let us remember the other thousands who are killed annually by people who just aren't paying attention. who are seriously distracted. and who -- whose lives we can save. as we pass this bill, and let us also thank our secretary of transportation, ray lahood, for taking the initiative, having the courage to stand up, call a national conference on distracted driving and issue a
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directive to the department and use the authority that he has to limit within -- prohibit within the department and set an example for all our fellow citizens on distracted driving. but as we do this, let us remember that the lives we save will, unlike other things we do, we'll never be able to say thank you. they won't know that this day passed legislation that will move america in the direction of a much safer roadway a much safer driving experience for all our fellow citizens. let us keep the erica forneys in our minds and in our hearts as we pass this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from colorado. ms. markey: i'd like to thank the gentleman from minnesota frand -- and the chairman of the transportation committee
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for his eloquent statement on behalf of this resolution and i also want to thank my colleague from tennessee, mr. duncan, for sharing your very personal story of the impact of distracted driving. if we just save one life or prevent one accident with this resolution to raise awareness for distracted driving, we will have been successful. this is to remember those who have lost their lives because of a distracted driver on their cell phone or texting and again to raise awareness so we can prevent future accidents like erica forney from fort collins, colorado. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1186? those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. ms. markey: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, without
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objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. ms. markey: i request that the yeas and nays are taken. the speaker pro tempore: those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. further proceedings on this measure is postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> i move to pass house resolution 1125. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title. the clerk: house resolution 1125, supporting the goals and ideals of national public works week and other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee mr. perriello and the gentleman from -- the gentleman from virginia, mr. perriello and the gentleman from tennessee, mr.
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duncan each control 20 minutes. mr. perriello: i move that all members have -- i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include therein extraneous materials. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perriello: this year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the national public works week. during the great depression, public works rose to prominence as a means to stabilize our nation by putting people to work to create an infrastructure to benefit all americans. once again, our country faces similar challenges. every $1 we invest in public transportation yields $6 in to the our economy. in 2008, over 10 billion trips were taken on our public transportation systems. commitments to airfield projects will expand capacity and decrease delays.
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wastewater projects have led to the construction of 600,000 treatment plants. we must not grow complacent. our present infrastructure does not meet the needs of our country to move forward. in addition to recognizing the accomplishments of our public works professionals, we must increase investment in our roads and highways that are badly underfunded child creating jobs we desperately need. these jobs put americans to work and provide citizens with a stable job and decent wage. robert kennedy stated, we need jobs, decent employment as at a decent wage, that lets a man say to his family, his country and to himself, i helped build this country, i am a participant to its great public ventures. public works projects help achieve this vision and we
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celebrate those who work to strengthen our country. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h.res. 1125. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. duncan: thank you very much, mr. speaker, and i recognize myself for such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, i rise in support of this resolution and i want to commend the gentleman from virginia for introducing this resolution. whether it is for aviation, navigation, flood protection, highways, clean water, rail, or public buildings, transportation and infrastructure prompts play a critical part in our daily lives. the benefits of public works projects and those responsible for their design, construction, and maintenance are not often noticed and appreciated so it is very fitting we do so today with this resolution. much of our public works infrastructure is old and in need of modernization if our
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nation is going to be able to compete globally in a environmentally sustainable manner. the transportation and infrastructure committee, on which i've had the privilege of serving since i came to this congress in 1988, does formerly called the public works and transportation committee. the federal government over the last many years has gotten involved in many things that it really probably shouldn't be involved in and really does not have the authority to be involved in under our constitution but i've always enjoyed my work on the transportation and infrastructure committee because i believe there is a very legitimate and very important national interest in the work of that committee. people in california sometimes use the airports in texas, people in ohio sometimes use the roads in tennessee. people in new york sometimes use the water systems in florida, and on and on and on. the transportation and
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infrastructure committee has jurisdiction over our water transportation system and i mention that, chairman oberstar mentioned they had been chairman of the aviation subcommittee for several years. i also chaired the water resources and environment subcommittee and enjoyed chairing both of those subcommittees and today i have the privilege of serving as the ranking member on the highways and transit subcommittee so i've seen -- i was at one point the ranking member, many years ago of the public buildings and grounds subcommittee, so i've seen the full scope of work of this committee, but this resolution came out of the water resources and environment subcommittee and does emphasize that important part of the work. . our water system is maintained by the corps of engineers. and 25,000 miles of inland and
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coastal commercial waterways. if we do not keep them operating efficiently, this is a great threat to our economic prosperity. in addition, we can't continue to take our modern wastewater treatment facilities for granted. they are critical toll protecting our economy and way of life. public infrastructure plays a critical coal in enhancing our quality of life and improving our environment and contributes to our economic prosperity. we too often take these systems and engineers and other professionals and administrators for granted. so it is very important for congress to recognize the contribution they make to ensuring that america remains the world's premier economic power and we continue to have the standard of living that we are so fortunate to have in this country. i urge all members to support h. res. 1125. and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance
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of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i yield such time to mrs. johnson. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. johnson: national public works week is celebrated the first week of may and have been designated by a number of organizations to recognize professionals and the work they do to keep our infrastructure and transportation systems working efficiently and economically. house resolution 1125 pays tribute to these professionals, recognizing their work the week of may 16, through may 22, 2010. projects are carried out for the public good. aptly named because they enable the public to complete its work. hazardous materials, pipelines, municipal infrastructure such as water supply, infrastructure in sewage and refuse disposal systems and transportation
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systems such as rail, highway s, airports and public transit, all fall under the public works umbrella. public works are vital to our nation. our commerce depends on the shipment of goods on our roads and through air and rails. it reduces harmful effects on our environment. our public health depends on our water supply infrastructure as well as our sewage and disposal systems. for the importance they play in our daily lives, our transportation and infrastructure systems and facilities often do not receive the recognition they deserve. although public works are dependent upon daily, they receive no glory or praise when accomplishing the job, rather many only pay attention to these public works when they fail, such as levee failures that result in flooded communities. i recognize the importance of
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public works for our communities and our country. and i'm grateful to the administrators, engineers, servicemen, who continue to utilize their skills and provide hours of service and dedication to ensure these necessary facilities and systems work for our nation. i support this resolution strongly. and i urge my colleagues to support it as well. thank you, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. duncan: i have no additional speakers so i urge my colleagues to support this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i urge all my colleagues to support this resolution and yield back the balance of my time the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 1125 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules -- mr. perriello: i request the yeas and nays.
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the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia seek recognition? mr. perriello: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and groo to the resolution 917 recognizing the florida keys scenic highway on the occasion of its designation as an all-american road by the u.s. department of transportation. the clerk: house calendar number 161, house resolution 917, resolution recognizing the flar keys scenic highway on the designation as an all-american road by the u.s. department of
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transportation. pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. perriello, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. duncan, each will control 20 minutes. mr. perriello: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material on h. res. 917. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. perriello: mr. speaker, i rise today in support of h. res. 917 offered by the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, recognizing the florida keys scenic highway on the occasion of its designation as an all-american road. the program has recognized a collection of roadways that are nottable for scenic, cultural and historic characters. the department of transportation announced the newest decisions, including the florida keys scenic highway which was awarded the designation all-american road. another corridor that was designated as a national scenic
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byway that time, the hallowed ground byway. the florida keys scenic highway runs for over 100 miles from key largo to key west, following the east-coast railway line. it serves as a transportation link and key destination linching crossing 42 bridges. the designation of all-american road brings the florida keys scenic highway that includes the blue ridge park way and sured highway and historic route 66. in order to be designated, a highway which must possess two outstanding qualities on a national scale and must serve as a destination onto it self. the florida keys scenic highway is the first all-american road in the state of florida and one of five to receive such a designation from the department
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of transportation in the most round of awards. a scenic byways designation comes as a result of many work from area residents and local and state governments. this effort began with the designation of the highway as a florida state scenic byway in 2001. the first step toward gaining recognition under the federal program. this designation is a testament to the hard work of the residents of the florida keys who sought to recognize and enthis vital corridor. being designated as a scenic byway as today there are only 151 nationally designated scenic byways around the country. they give americans access to the best of our country and provide a window into our history and culture. i thank the gentlewoman from florida to honor the designation of the florida keys scenic highway and to congratulate the residents of the florida keys who worked to support this designation. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting h. res. 917.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. duncan: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. duncan: mr. speaker, house resolution 917 as amendled recognizes the florida keys scenic highway on the occasion of its designation as an all-american road by the u.s. department of transportation. few roads in america offer such natural beauty and rich history as the florida keys scenic highway. the 106 mile journey takes the traveler through miles of ocean visit ast, state and national parks and areas rich in cultural heritage. it is a road to para dies. on october 16, 2009, the florida keys scenic highway was designated as an all-american road through the national scenic bywaist program. i have one of the first through a mountainous area in my district and i had the privilege of serving as the first
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republican co-chair of the scenic by ways caulk us. this -- caucus. an all-american road designation will preserve this remarkable road through the collaborative efforts through the florida department of transportation and local grassroots organizations. this bipartisan resolution has more than 20 co-sponsors, but i want to commend the gentlewoman from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, who has been a leader in this congress on many different issues for introducing this resolution. i join her and all of the co-sponsors in supporting passage of this resolution and i urge my colleagues to do the same. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee. mr. duncan: i yield to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized. ms. ros-lehtinen: i thank my good friend for the time.
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thank you very much to my colleagues on the other side. i obviously rise in strong support of my resolution. i introduced it to recognize the florida keys scenic highway and its designation as an all-american road by the u.s. department of transportation. i have wonderful pleasure of representing this historic highway, long known as the overseas highway, which is part of u.s. 1 and runs along 100 miles through a series of tropical islands from key largo to key west. it is paradise. this resolution also recognizes the many dedicated grassroots activists who have long worked hard on this major endeavor since 1996. they formed the florida keys scenic corridor in 2007 and finally made this dream a reality. the florida keys scenic highway is one of only five all-american
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roads named on october 16, 2009, by the u.s. department of transportation under the national scenic byways program. since 1991, the install scenic byways program has recognized, preserved and enhanced a collection of all american roads based on their scenic, historic, recreational, cultural ar keyology call and natural qualities. the florida keys scenic highway was chosen in particular on its recreational and scenic qualities and it is the first all-american road in my wonderful state of florida, the sunshine state. since its completion in 1944, the highway has long been a leading tourist destination known for its recreational opportunities, for its state and national parks, its historic sites, its museums and cultural
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heritage. along the highway are many historical sites such as the florida keys history of diving museum, which focuses on the 500-year-old history of salvaging wrecks. another milestone in the highway's history is pigon key, which served as the base camp for those who built the old florida keys extension of the florida east coast railroad, which was destroyed by the 1935 hurricane. and finally, at the end of this beautiful road, at the end of the highway, is the city of key west, which includes among its many attractions, the key west lighthouse, the civil war fort and the hemming way home. this is a fitting tribute to the men and women who contributed to the fabled history of the
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fabulous highway which stretches back hundreds of years. i thank the committee for allowing me to present and hopefully pass this resolution. and i thank my good friend from tennessee for the time. thank you speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. dumping dunk i have no additional speakers. i had the privilege of having two different visits of several days each to the florida keys. it's a beautiful area. i have read much of the history of the area and i have been on this highway for several occasions and it is fitting and appropriate that it be given this all-american road designation and i urge support of this resolution and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i thank my colleague from florida for her tremendous work on this effort and congratulate the people of florida and urge colleagues on both sides of the aisle to support this resolution and i
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yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and agree to house resolution 917 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the resolution is agreed to -- mr. perriello: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote will rise and remaining standing. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion pib postponed. . the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from virginia rise? mr. perriello: i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 3562 as amended to
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designate the federally occupied building at 1220 echelon parkway in jackson, mississippi, as the james chaney, andrew goodman and michael schwerner federal building. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the resolution. the clerk: h.r. 3562, a bill to designate the federal building under construction at 1220 echelon parkway in jackson, mississippi, as the chaney, goodman, schwerner federal building. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia, mr. perriello and the gentleman from florida, mr. diaz-balart, will each control 20 minutes. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include thereon extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. pe role he spock i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of h.r. 3562 as amended which
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designates the federally occupied building at 1220 echelon parkway as the james chaney, andrew goodman, and michael schwerner building. these three young men have a special place in the history of civil rights in this country. they were civil rights activists training in ohio to train people in mississippi in the freedom sum over 1964. they represented a wave of young americans that took time off from other parts of their lives to wade into certain adversity in the fight for equal rights for all americans. during this fateful summer, these three young men were arrested by the local police. as they were leaving the site of the burned church and held by the police for several hours. later, they were released, only to be rearrested shortly thereafter. after the second arrest, the local police official turned the three civil rights activist over to members of the ku klux
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klan. all three activists were later murdered and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam outside of philadelphia, mississippi. many members of this chamber came of age in the civil rights movement and it was a defining time in american history. this bill offers an opportunity to recognize the sacrifice of these young men, which galvanized the nation's conscience on the brutality that everyday americans were facing. the public's reaction to these events ult pat -- ultimately provided the momentum necessary for the civil, passage of the civil rights act of 1964. the bill is more significant since this building will house the f.b.i. field office created at the behest of president lyndon johnson as a result of this time. it's fitting we honor the memory of these young men in designating the federally occupied building at 1220 echelon parkway in jackson,
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mississippi, as the james chaney, andrew goodman and michael schwerner federal building. i urge my colleagues in supporting this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. diaz-balart: i want to thank the gentleman for his explanation of a moment in history that changed this country of this history forever. these three individuals, james chaney, andrew goodman and michael schwerner, their blood was spilled and it became part of a wave of change that swept our country. toward civil rights. others also sacrificed a lot for those efforts. it's fitting this that this building will be named for them. it will be a memorial. not only for them, for their sacrifice, and for those others who sacrificed as well. but also a reminder as to how
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far we've come from that sad day and those sad days in 1964. these three gentlemen gave their lives, it was not in vain. we've seen the changes ever since. so again, i think this is a fitting memorial and a fitting reminder for all of us as to the sacrifices of that -- that many have made and to how far we have come. with that, mr. speaker, i would reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i yield such time as he may consume to the gentleman from mississippi, mr. thompson, the author of the bill. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. thompson: thank you very much, mr. speaker, i appreciate the time from the gentleman from virginia. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 3562, a bill to designate the f.b.i. building under construction in jackson, mississippi, as think chaney,
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goodman, schwerner federal building. 45 years ago, three young men lost their lives while attempting to organize and register voters during what became known as freedom summer. these men were james chaney, a 21-year-old meridian, mississippi, native, andrew goodman a 20-year-old college student from new york, and michael schwerner, a 24-year-old corps organizer and social workers, also from new york. mr. speaker, on july 21, 1964, the three men were driving from meridian, mississippi to longdale, mississippi to investigate the burning of mount zion united methodist church, which had been the meeting place for numerous civil rights groups. along their journey, they were stopped by a deputy who was also known as a member of the ku klux klan. subsequently, the three young men were arrested for speeding
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and held at a jail without the use of a telephone. hours later, they were fined and released. shortly after, the frio -- the trio continued their journey, they were again pulled over by the sheriff's deputy who unknown to them was followed by a mob of klansmen, who also assembled to abduct and kill the men thism three individuals were taken to a remote area of the county and were beaten and killed. their car was burned and their bodies were buried in an earthen dam. mr. speaker, the murders of james chaney, who was black, and andrew goodman and michael schwerner, both jewish, attracted national attention to the veracity of the state -- to the voracity of the state's racial problem. as a result of their death, there was more pressure on the federal government to pass the voting rights act. after significant investigation by the f.b.i., the three individual bodies were found on
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august 4, 1964. due to mississippi's official refusal to prosecute the individuals for murder, the justice department brought charges against 17 individuals for conspiracy to deprive the three workers of their civil rights. seven of the 17 individuals were found guilty but none of them served time longer than six years in jail. mr. speaker, finally, on june 24, 2005, a jury convicted edgar wade killen on three counts of manslaughter and sentenced him three consecutive terms of 20 years in prison in connection with the deaths of the young men. mr. speaker, these young men paid the ultimate price attempting to bring justice and equality to my home state of mississippi. while the naming of this building pales in comparison to the loss of a son or brother,
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we hope that the families of these three young men will find solace in our acknowledgment of their contribution by naming the latest symbol of justice in mississippi after their loved ones. may the naming of this building serve as a notice to domestic terrorists, in this instance, law enforcement officials, cue clucksclansmen and trucking company owners, that their -- clue clucks clanmen and trucking companies owner that their actions will not be tolerated. i ask unanimous consent to insert in the record resolutions passed supporting naming this building after these three gentlemen. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. mr. thompson: while there may be many individuals worthy of having their names grace
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mississippi's new f.b.i. build, i cannot think of any more fitting for this honor than james chaney, andrew goodman and michael schwerner. with that, i yield back -- i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back, the gentleman reserve the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: i would like now to yield as much time as he may consume to the ranking member of the transportation and infrastructure committee, the honorable mr. mica of the state of florida. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mica: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank my ranking member of our subcommittee for yielding me the time. then i want to turn my attention to thanking mr. thompson, the gentleman from mississippi, for his authorship of this legislation. also, mrs. norton from the district for her co-sponsorship and sponsorship of this legislation. on behalf of all the republicans, i'm fortunate to be the republican leader of the
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transportation and pin fra structure committee -- and infrastructure committee, proud of the work of the subcommittee in bringing forth this legislation to honor three young heroes, three brave students who, in the summer of 1964, instead of playing games and doing whatever young people do that summer, they chose to become engaged in the civil rights movement, in signing up people who previously hadn't had the ability to vote to exercise their constitutional right. you know, most young people today wouldn't know the names of james chaney, andrew goodman and michael schwerner. this is 46 years ago. 46 years later, we're making a small memorial in naming this f.b.i. building now in mississippi, the headquarters,
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after these three individuals who made such a difference in the civil rights movement. to their tragic and horrific death -- through their tragic and horrific death came so much good that other people could have rights they were fighting for in that summer of 1964. so on behalf of the republicans on the committee, i now join in thanking, again, mr. tompson, ms. norton and our ranking member, mr. diaz-balart for bringing this bill forward and for honoring those who haven't been honored before in this manner. what a great day for this congress what a great day for their memory, what a great day for the united states of america and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from virginia. mr. perriello: i yield such time as he may consume to the
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gentleman, mr. towns. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. towns: i would like to join those who have indicated, in terms of mr. thompson from mississippi, for recognizing schwerner, goodman, and chaney. i know this does not bring them back. i think it says to the family of those that are left behind that the good that they did changed america and to move america in the right direction. when you stop and you think about it, that they gave of their lives in order to help to change america, i want to say to the gentleman from mississippi, i think it's very honorable for him to come to the floor of the house and to offer this naming of this resolution, of this federal building because when we look back and we see in terms of the things that they went through, not only to doing things for themselves, they were trying to help others and that's the
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reason why i think this is so honorable because they gave of their lives to be able to make america better. it made it possible for people like me to be able to come and be part of the united states congress. were it not for their actions, we probably wouldn't be here. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. diaz-balart: may i inquire how many speakers? mr. perriello: no additional speakers. mr. diaz-balart: i want to thank the gentleman, particularly the gentleman from mississippi. he mentioned a little while ago that there are some individuals that we name buildings after that are very herer tos you but this is a little bit -- that are very meritorious. but this is a little bit different. they gave their lives to change our country to make our country a better place.
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this is one of those that frankly is of great historic significance. i know it's important to the family members, but it is also equally important for our nation, for all too see, for all to member, -- for all to remember, for all to note. the sacrifices so many, including these three individuals made, this is the country that it is because people have been willing over the years to sacrifice, to even give their lives. this was a tragic moment and again, what a fitting tribute and a reminder it is to name this building. so i want to thank the gentleman from mississippi, i also need to thank the chairwoman, chairwoman norton. she is now at this moment actually chairing her subcommittee. i want to thank her also for her involvement, her leadership for moving this forward so quickly. with that, mr. speaker, i would
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yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from virginia. . mr. perriello: i was born after the events we are discussing here today and i grew up in a generation that knew the freedoms that these men fought and died for. but their legacy continue and their lives continue through the inspiration they spread. i remember working with kids in new haven while in college and told the story of these three men and bravery and courage and made sure those who grew up understand the blood and tears that went into making that effort possible. many of this body that were part of this struggle, to call this nation to its greater self and making them immortal in the naming of this office, i think we do a great honor to history
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and country at its best. we thank not only the people involved in bringing this resolution involved today but the family of these threep gentlemen and they may know that this country continues to honor their courage and gift to our country. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3562 as ealeded. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative. mr. perriello: i object on the grounds that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 and rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from new york seek recognition? mr. towns: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 4098, the secure federal file sharing act as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4098, a bill to require the director of the office of management and budget to issue guidance on the use of peer to peer file sharing to prohibit the use of such software by government employees and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from new york, mr. towns and the gentleman from california, mr. issa, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from new york. mr. towns: i ask unanimous
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consent that all members may have five legislative days within which to revise and extend their remarks. the speaker pro tempore: no objection. mr. towns: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. towns: the bill we are now considering, h.r. 4098, secure federal file sharing act is intended to improve the cybersecurity of federal systems in response to a series of troubling breaches of confidential information. it requires the director of office of management and budget to issue new guidance prohibiting the use of open network peer-to-peer file sharing on all computers and networks including federal contractors working on the government's behalf. it allows you to instantly connect with each other to search and copy electronic files
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most commonly music and movies. the committee has been investigating the dangers of peer-to-peer files sharing software for nine years. during that time, we discovered a frightening amount of child porn, thousands of personal tax filings, medical records and highly sensitive government information, including the location of a secret service safehouse for the first family and electronic skem attic for marine one, all available on open peer-to-peer networks to millions of users around the world. what's clear is that as the popularity of file sharing has grown, so have the privacy and security risks for the federal government. those risks are simply too great to ignore. h.r. 4098 would codify an
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existing o.m.b. memo prohibiting federal employees from using certain file sharing programs and strengthening that policy by extending it to include federal contractors working on the government's behalf. this is a good bill. and i strongly encourage my colleagues to join me in supporting this good bill. mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. issa: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. issa: mr. speaker, i join with the chairman on a bipartisan basis to support this important legislation. as the chairman said, who has, quite frankly, done an -- a great amount of work over a long period of time, although we have succeeded in some limited way in
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addressing this problem, when we revisited it after more than a year, we discovered some of the examples that the chairman gave us, including the first family's safe house being made vulnerable. mr. speaker, as you can imagine, everything we do in government, everything we order in government has a cost. the c.b.o. has scored this one at $10 million over its life, $3 million a year. what is the cost of the loss of the president? what is the cost of a soldier's orders to deploy being made public? what is the cost of your tax returns being made public? what is the cost to sensitive national defense information or, in fact, the leaking of people who are in the clandestine service. all of that has been shown to be at risk as long as peer-to-peer continues to operate on the
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federal system. mr. speaker, directing the office of management and budget to create the guidance for prohibiting download installation by government employees of these pieces of software which is essentially spy software, spy software on behalf of those who sell this information and have access to this information, is, in fact, essential. file sharing within the federal workforce and within congress is closely monitored. we do have the ability to do file transfer protocol in a secure way. as our hearings have shown, those who market this software to the public, usually for free, do so with back doors deliberately there that make it enticing to those who want access and that's how their revenue comes. our hearings have shown that the very players who will provide free to you so you can get
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thousands of videos and plenty of music and exchange pictures often do so specifically so that you unwitnessingly open up all of your information. mr. speaker, the american people deserve to have the information entrusted to us, their private information kept private. without this important legislation that private information is consistently is being made public through back door software installed by well meaning individuals who only intended to share their summer pictures and not release the information of soldiers in harm's way. i urge support for this resolution and reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from new york. mr. towns: mr. speaker, i want to commend the staff. i want to commend the ranking member of the full committee, congressman issa, who worked closely with us to get us to
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this point. and i want to point out how important it is when you work together that you can pull things together and get them to the floor. and i want to salute him for his work on this as well. and again, all the staff members who participated in helping us to get here today. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. issa: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. chairman, it is you that we owe a great debt of thanks to. you championed this and we have had a thorough evaluation and given the companies who claim that they are well meaning opportunity repeatedly to show they could fix or would fix their software only to discover they did not fix their software. i join with you in commending our staff on both sides of the aisle for the hard work they did, for the individual research and some of the other organizations who were concerned about the safety of the american
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people's vital information, for helping us shed light on this. i know this is a good piece of legislation. i know we have to work to get it through the senate. i look forward to doing that with you, mr. chairman. and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from new york. mr. towns: i thank the gentleman from california for his kind words and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4098 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended -- >> i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: on this vose, the yeas are 397, the demraze are 19. 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without
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to ction the moti reconsider is laid on the table. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will entertain requests for one of-minute speeches. -- for one-minute speeches. for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute, revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, mr. speaker. i think everybody knows that -- the speaker pro tempore: the house is -- >> the house is not in order. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is correct. the gentleman will suspend members will remove their
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conversations from the chamber and take their seats. sproy -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> i think we all know sunday night the health care bill passed the house and today it's tuesday and there's an awful lot of celebrating going on, but i can tell you firsthand that a lot of people are not celebrating. in fact, a lot of people are very unhappy that this bill passed. i heard from them last night because i had one of my regularly scheduled live telephone town hall meetings and at the peak of that town hall meeting, we had almost 8,000 people on the call. i asked the question, do you feel like your concerns were heard by the democratic leadership before that bill was brought to the house? 86% of the people said no. later in that town hall call, i
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said, do you favor or oppose this health care bill? 90% of the people on that call said, we do not favor that bill. and i happen to listen to my constituents. that's why i spoke out against this bill this government takeover. that's why i'm going to continue to speak out against it. the speaker pro tempore: the seattle's time has expired. >> and i'm going to work to make a better way. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from wisconsin rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. kagen: i'd like to take a moment to honor the university of wisconsin green bay women's basketball team for their historic at-large bid to the ncaa tournament this may not seem like a big deal to folks from the big cities or the east or west coast but in northeast wisconsin, we could not be prouder of our phoenix for being the first to get an at-large bid. i want to commend them for
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their achievement this year. they entered the tournament with 27 wins and launched into the second round today after upsetting the virginia cavaliers over the weekend. i want to point out, most of coach bo lan's team is homegrown in wisconsin. for the lady phoenix players, most spent their lifetime growing up in northeast wisconsin. i want to thank the entire uwgb team for making wisconsin proud and i watch them good luck tonight in their road to the final four. the speaker pro tempore: members will please remove their conversations from the floor. for what purpose does the gentlelady from wyoming rise? mrs. lummis: i request permission to address the house for one minute and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. lummis: i rise today to recognize my alma mater the university of wyoming and their nor dick skiing club. for the second year in a row both the men's and women's team
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brought home though the gold, sweeping the division two ski and snow board nationals. u.w.'s cowboys dominated the competition, the men's team earning 59 points, giving them a lead other st. olaf college. the cowgirls were in third place heading into the final 15 kilometer team relay. not only did they take the relay, but their performance gave them a one-point lead on whitman college, earning them the national title. individual recognition should go to pozenski who tied for first overall in the individual standings. for the cowgirls, gracie lewis tied for second, gwen barrow, sixth, and marie cartwright placed seventh overall. i would like to congratulate christy boggs and rachel watson who coached both teams to
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championship titles two year in a -- two years in a row. i congratulate the university of wyoming ski teams on their success. the cowboy state should be proud of these young men and women. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. >> thank you, madam speaker. sunday, this was a historic sight when the health care bill passed this house and today in the east room of the white house, president obama signed it into law. the signing of that bill hopefully changed by the reconciliation bill will stand with medicare and social security and civil rights as some of the great laws to ever pass in this nation's history. i am so proud to have been part of it and reflect on daniel webster, whoss words are engraved above the speaker's rostrum in this building, let us develop the resources of our land, build up its institutions promote all its great interests and see whether we also in our day and generation may not
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perform something worthy to be remembered. this democratic 111th congress has met daniel webster's charge and done something for this generation and others worthy to be remembered. thank you, madam speaker. . ms. foxx: people are asking now that the health care overhaul has been passed, what's next? well, my colleagues and i are saying we need to repeal the most egregious parts of this legislation and replace them with real effective reforms. we must do more than simply repeal this bill. we have to replace it with reforms that will actually bring down the costs of health care. we have solutions that focus first on lowering costs and preserving jobs. we have to repeal the over$500 billion in job-killing taxes on the bill, repeal taxpayer funding of abortion and start
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over with laws that respect life. i'm a strong supporter of legislation that allows everyone to purchase health insurance across state lines. we should be expanding tax-free health savings accounts for all americans, giving patients control over their health care and give small businesses the power to pool together. madam speaker, the health care overhaul is a travesty of justice. and we can do better. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from missouri rise? >> i rise to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. akin: madam speaker, last sunday, march 21, republican and democrat members and their families gathered for christian worship service and this has been a long-standing tradition. years ago, services were held in the rotunda and held weekly and
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various presidents would go to those services. the service sunday was organized by congressman forbes and mcintyre. i led the singing of three hymms. all available seats were taken. the hall was about half full. the service was dignified and it was led by members of both parties and finally, father frank pravone gave a brief sermon. as the sunlight shown overhead. it was a particular special moment for the house and i thought it would be appropriate to enter that in the journal as a memory of that sunday service. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: are there any other requests for one-minute speeches? for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition.
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mr. gohmert: i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any other special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material, mr. gohmert today for five minutes. mr. bart today for five minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen today for five minutes and also for march 24. and ms. bachmann for today for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada rise? ms. titus: i ask unanimous consent that today following legislative business and any special orders heretofore entered into, the following members may be permitted to address the house for five minutes and revise and stepped their remarks and include extraneous material. ms. berkley from nevada for five
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minutes. ms. titus from navy five minutes. ms. woolsey from california, five minutes. mr. defazio from oregon, five minutes. ms. kaptur from ohio for five minutes. and ms. jackson lee from texas for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. under the speaker's announced policy of january 6, 2009 and under a previous order of the house, the following members are recognized for five minutes each. mr. poe from texas. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas rise? mr. gohmert: ask to address the house for five minutes. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. gohmert: thank you, madam speaker. i continue to sound about a cry on this because since 1913, the states have had no way to
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prevent usurpation of states' rights or do anything about unfunded mandates that were crammed down their throats. the constitution provided for that, in that it said, the state legislatures would select the u.s. senators. and as long as that was the case, every u.s. senator knew if they created an unfunded mandate and took away states' rights or did anything to harm the states' powers that were granted to them under the united states constitution, this would yank that senator back and he would never come back to the u.s. senate and probably would never get elected to the house of representatives. that was the check and balance that the constitution provided. since 1913, when that was repealed through the 17th amendment, there's not been any check or balance on our power grab ausurpation of states' rights.
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it's time to do something about it and we saw that by the unfunded mandate requiring billions of dollars that could bankrupt our states, being shoved down their throats by the bill that was signed into law today. the way that can be handled is under article five. the part of article 5 that hasn't been used before. and that is the part that says that if 2/3 of the states, that's 34 make an application to the congress for a convention to make amendments to the constitution, it has to be provided. and then you have a convention and you create an amendment, one or two, whatever is necessary, to finally put back in place after 97 years, a check and balance on this body usurping. it's high time it's done. doesn't need the president's authorization so no need for an
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authorization so no need for an override. we will probably would need people that would be open to that idea in charge here in this house. but it needs to happen so that we don't keep this train running so fast down the track the wrong way that it derails and takes the nation with it. we cannot continue this kind of unfunded mandate. it's time for an amendment to the constitution to put a check back on our unbrideled usurpation of states' rights. we have 39 states that want to do something about this unholy bill that was passed. well this is what they can do and we can change things and get back on track. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentlewoman from nevada rise? ms. berkley: i rise to address the house for five minutes and revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. berkley: thank you, madam speaker. i am absolutely delighted to be here with my colleague
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representative titus from nevada, and i rise today to honor the dedication and service of a true vet and -- veteran's advocate, kenneth brown. he served in the united states navy during world war ii as united states navy armored guard gunner's mate. after receiving a discharge, mr. brown dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for nevada military veterans and their families. in 1987, and this is just an extraordinary act that he performed, mr. brown purchased 83 1/2 acres of land in boulder city, nevada and donated this parcel to the state of nevada, encouraging the state to use this land to build a veterans cemetery. on april 6, 1990, mr. brown's dream was realized and the seven nevada nevada memorial cemetery
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was donated. it has provided a final resting place in dignity, respect and honor. in recognition of his contributions, the governor declared april 6, 1990 as ken brown day. mr. brown has received countless honors paying tribute to his 50 years of service to nevada veterans and their families, including the key to the city of las vegas and supporting veterans in nevada and god and country award from the united states navy armed guard. it is truly an honor for me to stand here today and recognize my friend, and he truly is my friend, mr. ken brown. for all of his work that he has done for the veterans community and for helping to bring a veterans cemetery to southern nevada where all veterans and their spouse is can be buried with dignity, i cannot tell you how many times i have seen mr. brown at our v.a. cemetery in
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boulder city, honoring our war dead and being there as an inspiration to those veterans who came home, served their country admirably and will one day be at that cemetery. he has done a wonderful thing for not only the state of nevada, not only its veterans, but for mankind. and mr. ken brown, i salute you. and i thank you. my respect and admiration are yours today. i yield back the balance of my time and i thank dina titus for letting me share in this. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from north carolina rise? without objection. mr. jones: madam speaker, thank you. i express my concern with a department of defense policy that has taken jobs away from hard-working americans in the textile a apar ell footwear industry at a time when they need it most. d.o.d. is allowed to purchase
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products from an organization called federal prison industries. an inat this time that uses prisoners in u.s. jails for labor. in 2008, the defense authorization bill, d.o.d. required congress to implement strict rules for prison industries. congress took that action so d.o.d. would not unfairly exploit its access to free prison labor and putting textile and footwear workers out of work in the process. unfortunately, d.o.d. has not followed congressional intent and has written those rules to include loopholes that give federal prison industries an unfair advantage. i'm going to repeat that, madam speaker, because i think it's important. unfortunately, department of defense has not followed congressional intent and has written those rules to include
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loopholes that give federal prison industries an unfair advantage. it is very troubling that a federal agency would not follow the will of the congress and instead established policies that destroy the american jobs and the industrial base on which it depends. madam speaker, over the past 17 years, the united states has lost over 29% of its manufacturing base. that's over five million jobs. when do we say enough is enough? madam speaker, it is unacceptable for a federal agency to adopt policies that cause even more manufacturing job losses. for the good of the american workers in the textile, apparel and footwear industries, i encourage the department of defense to reconsider its approach to this issue. at a time when this country owes china over $800 billion, we have borrowed money from the u.a.e. and money from japan and here we
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are trying to put our textile workers out of work by having the prison industry to be competitors to the american worker is just wrong. madam speaker, before i close, i'll ask god to continue to bless our men and women in uniform. i will askd

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